Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America: Argentine Peronism in Comparative Perspective / Edition 1

Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America: Argentine Peronism in Comparative Perspective / Edition 1

by Steven Levitsky
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521816777

ISBN-13: 9780521816779

Pub. Date: 01/27/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Drawing on a detailed study of Argentine Peronism, as well as a broader comparative analysis, this book develops an organizational approach to party change. Levitsky's book breaks new ground in its focus on informal and weakly institutionalized party structures. It argues that loosely structured party organizations, such as those found in many populist labor-based…  See more details below

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Drawing on a detailed study of Argentine Peronism, as well as a broader comparative analysis, this book develops an organizational approach to party change. Levitsky's book breaks new ground in its focus on informal and weakly institutionalized party structures. It argues that loosely structured party organizations, such as those found in many populist labor-based parties, are often better equipped to adapt to rapid environmental change than are more bureaucratic labor-based parties. The argument is illustrated in the case of the Peronist party, a mass labor-based party with a highly fluid internal structure. The book shows how this weakly routinized structure allowed party reformers to undertake a set of far-reaching coalitional and programmatic changes that enabled Peronism to survive, and even thrive, in the neoliberal era.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521816779
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/27/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Figure and Tables
Acknowledgments
1Labor-Based Party Adaptation in the Neoliberal Era: Rethinking the Role of Party Organization1
2Origins and Evolution of a Mass Populist Party35
3An "Organized Disorganization": The Peronist Party Structure in the 1990s58
4Populism in Crisis: Environmental Change and Party Failure, 1983-198591
5From Labor Politics to Machine Politics: The Transformation of the Peronist Party - Union Linkage107
6Menemism and Neoliberalism: Programmatic Adaptation in the 1990s144
7A View from Below: Party Activists and the Transformation of Base-Level Peronism186
8The Paradox of Menemism: Party Adaptation and Regime Stability in the 1990s217
9Crisis, Party Adaptation, and Democracy: Argentina in Comparative Perspective231
References251
Index271

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